'Frijns talent equal to Vettel, Hamilton'

Sunday 19-January-2014 11:38

Despite being dropped by Sauber, Robin Frijns is refusing to give up on a future in F1 with his new manager likening his talent to that of Sebastian Vettel.

Having signed as Sauber's reserve driver, the team opted to part ways with the Dutch driver, announcing last September that he would not be retained for this year.

But despite that blow, his new manager Timo Gans feels the 22-year-old has a future in Formula One.

Likening his driver to Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, Gans is optimistic of securing a seat in Formula One his driver.

"Absolutely, absolutely. I totally think so," he told when asked if Frijns could have a 'sizeable F1 career'. "If you take a look at his track record, what he did in the junior series, that was really amazing.

"There are not many drivers in the past ten years who have been similarly successful compared to Robin. Maybe Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Nico Rosberg. Maybe these four drivers.

"But if you have a look at these four drivers, these are the guys who are now showing a great performance in Formula 1.

"I think Robin is equally talented, so I'm very optimistic he can have a long and successful career in Formula 1, but I cannot give you any team names or details about the ongoing negotiations."

Only one team, Caterham, has yet to confirm its line-up for this season although unconfirmed reports claiming Kamui Kobayashi has already secured one of the two seats.

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